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Oncology

A world-class cancer centre, the Centre of Excellence (CoE) in Oncology offers comprehensive care for management for all types of cancers, in both adults and children. The team of internationally and nationally trained Medical, Surgical and Radiation Oncologists here, with the help of state-of-the-art diagnostic and therapeutic technology, provide patients with optimal, evidence-based and customised treatment plans for removal of cancer cells from the body through medication, surgery and radiation.

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A world-class cancer centre, the Centre of Excellence (CoE) in Oncology offers comprehensive care for management for all types of cancers, in both adults and children. The team of internationally and nationally trained Medical, Surgical and Radiation Oncologists here, with the help of state-of-the-art diagnostic and therapeutic technology, provide patients with optimal, evidence-based and customised treatment plans for removal of cancer cells from the body through medication, surgery and radiation. Multi-disciplinary in approach, the treating Doctor, after understanding the requirement of the patient completely, takes inputs from all concerned Specialities before deciding on the ideal treatment plan. Patients are also provided psychological counselling, dietary advice and rehabilitation services if required and open discussions on all treatment options available, the objective of treatment- whether it is curative, palliative or prevention of recurrence and expected outcomes are encouraged. Equipped with highly advanced technical support for chemotherapy, bone marrow transplantation, radiation and surgery, the CoE is the first facility in Kerala to offer Minimally Invasive Robotic Cancer Surgery.

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Medical Oncology

The Medical Oncology Department at the Centre of Excellence in Oncology provides advanced care ranging from home based oral therapies to complex chemotherapy procedures, targeted therapy, biotherapy, bone marrow transplantation and metronomic chemotherapy to patients of all age groups with solid organ cancers and haematological malignancies.

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The Medical Oncology Department at the Centre of Excellence in Oncology provides advanced care ranging from home based oral therapies to complex chemotherapy procedures, targeted therapy, biotherapy, bone marrow transplantation and metronomic chemotherapy to patients of all age groups with solid organ cancers and haematological malignancies. State-of-the-art in terms of facilities offered, the division has specialised infrastructure including positive pressure rooms for management of critically ill patients with cancers like leukaemia, a 10-bed Bone marrow transplant unit (hemopoietic cellular therapy) with dedicated apheresis suite, day care infusion therapy unit, cryopreservation unit, step down unit and intensive care enabled service. The team of Oncologists here, with the help of advanced diagnosis and prognosis (diagnostic and prognostic ) tools like molecular methods, genomics, proteomics and theranostic and supportive services from the haematology lab, create personalised and optimal treatment strategies, with strict adherence to NCCN (USA) and ESMO (European) guidelines.

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Surgical Oncology

The department of Surgical Oncology at the Centre of Excellence in Oncology offers a wide spectrum of surgeries for cancers in the breast, head and neck, thoracic region, gastrointestinal malignancies, gynaecological malignancies, Pelvic malignancies, bone and soft tissue sarcomas.

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The department of Surgical Oncology at the Centre of Excellence in Oncology offers a wide spectrum of surgeries for cancers in the breast, head and neck, thoracic region, gastrointestinal malignancies, gynaecological malignancies, Pelvic malignancies, bone and soft tissue sarcomas. With focus in cancer surgery shifting from conventional radical resection surgery to conservative surgery, the department, with support from Medical and Radiation Oncology, performs highly advanced organ preservation surgery along with reconstructive surgeries like complete breast reconstruction using flaps and implants, limb preserving surgeries for bone and soft tissue tumours, limb salvage surgery for bone tumours with modular prosthesis, free fibula flaps and extra-corporeal radiation intra-operatively. It is also first facility in Kerala to offer Minimal Access Robotic Surgery for colo-rectal malignancies, uterine cancers and cervical cancers.

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Radiation Oncology

The department of Radiation Oncology at the Centre of Excellence in Oncology is a highly advanced facility providing radiation therapy services for management of cancers. The core team, comprising Radiation Oncologists, Medical Physicists, Radiation Technologists and Oncology Nurses, with the help of high-end radiation therapy equipment, render personalised, optimum, evidence-based treatment, with minimal side effects. The department, which believes in educating the patient and their caregivers on radiotherapy, provide ample time for discussing various treatment options with the Consulting Doctor and also give them leaflets outlining the technical aspects of radiation. They are also shown a short film on radiation treatment delivery.

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The department of Radiation Oncology at the Centre of Excellence in Oncology is a highly advanced facility providing radiation therapy services for management of cancers. The core team, comprising Radiation Oncologists, Medical Physicists, Radiation Technologists and Oncology Nurses, with the help of high-end radiation therapy equipment, render personalised, optimum, evidence-based treatment, with minimal side effects. The department, which believes in educating the patient and their caregivers on radiotherapy, provide ample time for discussing various treatment options with the Consulting Doctor and also give them leaflets outlining the technical aspects of radiation. They are also shown a short film on radiation treatment delivery.

Equipped with state-of-the-art technical support to provide comprehensive radiation treatment services, the department has Varian “True Beam” machine for teletherapy (external) radiation treatment - a first of its kind in Kerala. The most advanced version of Varian’s Linear Accelerator series, its unique feature is the Flattening Filter Free (FFF) technology.

Advantages of True Beam

  • High precision treatment delivery
  • Treatment time reduced to 1/3rd of normal time
  • Enhanced patient comfort and compliance
  • Reduced side effect profile
  • Delivers high dose rates (1000 MU (6MV) 2400 MU (10 MV)
    The Elekta machine for HDR -Brachytherapy (Internal radiation) has sophisticated applicators for various sites including head and neck, breast, cervix, endometrium and oesophagus. This machine ensures high-precision treatment, maximum comfort and minimal side effects.
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Palliative Medicine

Palliative care is all about providing specialized, multidisciplinary medical care to patients suffering from serious illnesses, with an aim to enhance their quality of life. A treatment mode that integrates the psychological and spiritual aspects of patient care, palliative therapies focus on providing maximum possible relief from the symptoms, pain and stress caused by the illness, with utmost consideration and compassion.

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Palliative care is all about providing specialized, multidisciplinary medical care to patients suffering from serious illnesses, with an aim to enhance their quality of life. A treatment mode that integrates the psychological and spiritual aspects of patient care, palliative therapies focus on providing maximum possible relief from the symptoms, pain and stress caused by the illness, with utmost consideration and compassion.

According to WHO (World Health Organisation), Palliative care is defined as an approach that improves the quality of life of patients and their families facing the problem associated with life-threatening illness, through the prevention and relief of suffering by means of early identification and impeccable assessment and treatment of pain and other problems, physical, psychosocial and spiritual.

Palliative care are provided in conjunction with other therapies that are intended to prolong life like chemotherapy and radiation, right from the time of diagnosis. This ensures the patient maximum relief from the associated pain and discomfort caused by the illness as well as the high-intensity therapies.

The palliative care plan for each patient is created after a detailed assessment of his or her medical condition, symptoms and existing/ possible complications and psychosocial background, so that the patient remain active.

Apart from managing pain, the psychological/ spiritual aspects of the treatment affirm fact that life and death are natural processes. The families of the patient too are provided psychological support including counselling so that they cope up with the intense stress and bereavement, which is inevitable.

Paediatric Palliative Care

A child being diagnosed with a life-limiting illness is the most devastating thing that can happen to a family. Palliative treatment in children and young adults involve a comprehensive, compassionate approach to care, with strong focus on enhancing the quality of life. The course of the treatment is planned after taking into consideration the physical, emotional, social and spiritual aspects, as the needs of children are very different compared to that of adults. The family’s emotional needs are taken care of too, with continued counseling and support. This enables them to cope up with the grief and them live through what is probably the worst time of their lives.

The Palliative Care department at Aster Medcity has an highly-trained team of doctors who specialize in providing pain management and palliative treatment to patients with life-limiting diseases including cancers, end stage renal and liver diseases, cardiac and neurological issues. Multidisciplinary in approach, they provide guideline-based care to patients of all ages, with the support of trained nurses and therapists.

The department also offers palliative care for geriatric (elderly) patients.

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Doctors

Dr. Jem Kalathil

Senior Consultant-Surgical Oncology
Jem 439x300 medium

Dr. Ramaswamy N V

Senior Consultant-Hematology & Hemato Oncology
Large ramaswami 439 300 medium

Dr. Arun R Warrier

Consultant-Medical Oncology
Dr arun warier consultant medium

Dr. Mayuri Rajapurkar

Consultant-Head & Neck Surgery
Mayuri oncology inner medium

Dr. Durgapoorna

Consultant-Radiation Oncology
Durga 439x300 onco medium

Dr. Jose Paul

Consultant-Radiation Oncology
Dr jose paul consultant medium

Dr. Ramkumar P

Senior Consultant-Pain & Palliative Medicine
Dr ramkumar 3 medium

Dr. Ashok Komaranchath

Consultant
Ashok 439x300

Dr. Vineetha Rijju

Associate Specialist
439x300 vineetha oncology

Dr. Deepak Charles

Senior Specialist
Large deepak 439 300 medium

Dr. Sharath S

Senior Specialist
Sharath oncology jan 15 medium

Dr. Fayaz Ameen Abdul Ghafoor

Specialist
Fayaz 439x300 listing 31 medium

Facilities

Outpatient Services

  • Physician Consultation,
  • Follow up / Survivorship clinics
  • Bone marrow transplant (BMT) clinics
  • Day care infusion chemotherapy
  • Day care surgical procedures
  • Stoma care clinic
  • Radiation therapy- External radiation therapy and Brachytherapy services

Inpatient Services

  • Evaluation, diagnosis and management of cancer cases
  • Intensive and prolonged chemotherapy protocol delivery
  • Cancer surgeries and reconstructive surgeries
  • External and Internal radiation treatment
  • Integrated palliative and supportive care

Allied Services

  • Counselling and patient education programmes
  • Physiotherapy
  • Occupational & Vocational therapy
  • Rehabilitation Services
  • Patient Assistance Program
  • Patient Centric Clinical Research
  • Community Outreach – early cancer screening centers through DM Foundation Health Camps

Robotic Surgery

First facility in the State to offer Minimally Invasive Surgery using da Vinci Surgery Robot

Multi Disciplinary Tumor Board

Site specific disease management groups:

  • Haemato oncology and BMT
  • Neuro-Oncology,
  • Orthopedic Oncology,
  • Gastro Intestinal, hepatobiliary and pancreatic oncology group,
  • Womens Cancer clinics
  • Genito Urinary Oncology clinics
  • Pediatric Oncology group
  • Head and Neck oncology group
  • Thoracic Oncology group

Teletherapy (external ) Radiation

  • Rapid arc treatment
  • IMRT (Intensity modulated radiation therapy)
  • IGRT (Image guided radiation therapy)
  • Respiratory Gating
  • Stereotactic Radiosurgery (SRS)
  • Stereotactic Radiotherapy (SRT)
  • Three dimensional conformal radiotherapy (3-DCRT)
  • Electron radiation treatment

HDR -Brachytherapy treatment

  • Intra cavitary radiation
  • Interstitial radiation
  • Intraluminal radiation

Allied Radiation Services

  • CT simulator
  • Advanced Treatment planning soft wares
  • PET-CT planning and MRI fusion
  • Organ preservation protocols
  • Total Skin Electron Beam Therapy (TSEBT)
  • Total body irradiation (TBI)

Medical Oncology

  • Systemic Therapies: Chemotherapy, Targeted therapy and Metronomic Therapy
  • Day care chemotherapy Infusion service
  • Haemato-Oncology - Care of Blood and Lymphoid disorders
  • Cellular Therapy (Bone Marrow Transplantation)
  • Child hood and Adolescent cancers
  • Personalized Medicine in Oncology using Molecular techniques, Genomics, proteomics and theranostics in designing individual patient specific therapeutic decisions
  • Onco-pathology and Hemato-Pathology

Surgical Oncology

  • Cancer Surgery
  • Robotic Surgery
  • Organ Preservation Surgeries

Nuclear Medicine

  • PET-CT scanning, and Nuclear Medicine Therapy using Radio-pharmaceuticals like Iodine-131
  • PET –CT based radiotherapy planning

Imaging

  • CT scan based radiotherapy planning
  • CT Simulator
  • CT –MRI fusion
  • Image based interventional ooncology (RFA , TACE)

Cancer Screening

  • Early screening of cancers in the Breast, Cervix, Head and Neck, Colorectum, Prostate and Lung

Patient Stories & Case Studies

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